"Drowning in your own blood" – not the worst way o…

“Drowning in your own blood” – not the worst way of dying if you think of it

“You worthless waste of my time;
I hope you die drowning in your own blood.”
‘Anonymous’ in http://www.evemassacre.org’s blog comments

My recommendation for going out tonight in Nuremberg are: Watch Namosh and dance to Elektronisch Rocken at the Stereo, and watch Dean Dirg and The Shocks at the BEAT EM DOWN Festival.

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How boring is Patrick Wolf’s ‘The Magic Position’ album, please?! He lost the magic. ‘Lycanthropy’ was one of my favourite albums but since then his music has become all tame and safe while the unsettling moments (which were exactly the contrast the over-aesteticised elements needed) got lost. It’s like the contrary of Xiu Xiu who also got rid of the lo-fi aesthetics somehow but seem to perfectionise their sound and keep it all playful and challenging where Patrick Wolf now sounds just smooth and pretentious. What will that male Björk do when he loses his otherworldly Peter Pan charms one day?

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The Kick Off party in Mannheim last week was great. On the drive there I tried practicising the vocals for my liveset the next day and I was almost satisfied with the results. Despite my reputation of getting lost pretty easily I found the venue at once and Caro was already waiting. The set up was all shiny and new Reloop stuff, couldn’t have asked for anything more. They had Tannenzäpfle beer which – in my memory forever being connected with X-Mist – I really like. I was a bit excited as I didn’t know what kind of crowd to expect and if I could keep them dancing a whole night through but everything was great. I hadn’t dj-ed on my own for a whole night in a while but I really enjoyed it. The chemistry between the people and me was just right and I had lots of fun. The hotel being just across the street being the final drop to make it purr-fect. Here are some pictures, courtesy of Anne. And I was invited back: Next Eve Massacre date in Mannheim will be on the 19th of June!

The next day I woke up and still had a smile on my face. I so enjoyed the drive home. Damn, I miss touring. It is such a great calm feeling if you get in your island of a car or van and get on the road again. Out of place. Out of time. Out of any responsibilities beyond getting from place A to place B…. ach, I really have to do this more often again.

On my way I listened to the new Locust album, ‘New Erections’. It is really good and surprisingly offers yet a new side of them: Darker and angrier, more consistent than the Ipecac EP, less hysteric and less Melt-Banana-ish than the Plague Soundscapes. Can’t wait to get a vinyl version of it and to see them live again.

Back home I first had a long afternoon breakfast as I had preferred to go without the hotel breakfast and sleep a little longer instead. Much too fast it was time to re-pack the record bag for the Nurotic Soundsystem party and drive to the K4. By that time I had lost all my calmness and just felt totally exhausted, hungover and excited. Frauke ‘Miss Kitty‘ painted cute ghosts for our deco, Tobi put up tons of fabric as a room divider and the dj desk and I set up my stuff for the liveset and felt just beside myself.
People came pretty late and at some point I had decided that I would only start the liveset when at least ten people were dancing which took some time but made sense. When I started it was just as I hoped it to be: People first didn’t recognise that there was my music playing and that I was singing live but simply danced on. Then some of them paused for a moment and looked at me but then everybody got back to dancing and I can’t tell you how good that felt: to be part of the dancefloor with your show. I never want to play on a stage again but only on cozy dark dancefloors in midst of the people you play your stuff to. Thanks to everybody who made it such a great little moment for me. Tobi and Frauke played some excellent tunes and it was much fun to dj with them. I’m already looking forward to our next Nurotic Soundsystem date at the K4: 5th of May.

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My cat has the feline equivalent of a heavy influenza and is on antibiotics. I don’t know what Whiskas put in their catfood but it works: Usually my cat doesn’t touch anything with medicine in it but with Whiskas it ate the pills I mixed in. I just hope I can ween it from that stuff afterwards.

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This last week I was offline for five days due to a ‘port’ of the telephone company being damaged or something. I have no clue if it comes to isdn/dsl/etc technics but I’m damn glad it works again. I’m an addict.

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Les Georges Leningrad – R.I.P.
One of today’s best live bands called it quits. I’d like to officially call that a shame.

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Yesterday one of our local newspapers called to get a comment about the K4 apparently becoming a smoke-free location in a couple of months. They asked if we are scared of losing guests. I don’t think people will stop coming to the shows but I can imagine that parties will get less visitors. Imagine a smoke-free Bucovina Club, or even more absurd: Imagine me djing a whole night long without smoking. Hell. Guess I have to get me some of those smokefree fags. ;)

What really makes me sick about that smoking ban is that for me it is a symbol of how people don’t want to even bother communicating with others or starting their own little protests but are happy to have laws to regulate more and more parts of their lives. I’m already looking forward to the first time someone calls the cops because he sees someone smoking at the K4.

Equally ridiculous news stuff: The call to stop selling alcohol to minors, and at the same time on the news: the call to let 16 year olds vote.

Don’t get me wrong: Coming from a family with an alcoholic I totally see the dangers of the increasing use of alcohol among minors (and grown ups) but again: Such new laws don’t get to the root of the problem and are not worth giving up another piece of your freedom of choice.

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I’m struggling with a C. Aarmé remix at the moment. Ever since I’ve been making music I’ve been convinced that every little idea can turn into a great song, you just have to find the way to crack it. This remix is a real tough one. The two problems I have with it are: I like the original but don’t want the remix to sound too similar so I have to get the original out of my head again. And I already have an idea for it but it is way too fast for what I’m trying to do. It’s pitched down heavily and I’ve been tweaking it this way and that for quite a while now and am not sure if I will ever get a satisfying result of it. Maybe I should ditch the whole thing and give it a brandnew start. Sorry if that bores you but I can’t get it off my head.

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